Make a Secret Hollow Book

Make a Secret Hollow Book

There is definitely something fun about mystery and secrets. If, like me, you really like the idea of a secret hidden storage compartment (even if, like me again, you have no idea what to hide in it), then there is no doubt: a hollow book is the thing for you!  Of course, you could just buy one and it would be safer because you could lock it… But wait, where is the fun in that? Instead, I’ll show you here how to create a secret hollow book yourself!

  

Material

To make your secret hollow book, you will need:

  • a book (see below)
  • some glue and a brush
  • a plastic bag to protect the cover
  • a craft knife
  • some fabric
  • scissors
  • and electric tape (not shown)
Material for building a secret hidden compartment in a book.
Material for building a secret hidden compartment in a book.

About the book

A hard cover book works better for this project. The book needs to be at least 300 pages, otherwise, you may not have enough room inside.  I chose a book that looks old but any book will do as long as it is large enough. You should choose a book that will match what you have in your bookcase. There is no point in having a secret box in a book that stands out. Since we’ll destroy the inside of the book, don’t choose one you really like! I recommend buying it from a second-hand shop, for as little as 3$. I chose the book shown in the pictures because I thought its title added to the mystery. It is “Mémoires d’Outre-Tombe IV” which translate to “Memoirs from Beyond the Grave IV” from Chateaubriand.

Building Steps

We’ll leave some pages loose at the beginning of the book so that we can still show the first pages and pretend it’s a normal book. First, wrap those pages along with the book cover with the plastic bag to protect them. Then, glue the side of the remaining pages and let it dry under an heavy object to preserve its shape.

Protect the book cover and the first pages. Glue the sides of the pages that will contain the compartment.
Protect the book cover and the first pages. Glue the sides of the pages that will contain the compartment.
Let the glue dry after putting the book under an heavy object to preserve its shape.
Let the glue dry after putting the book under an heavy object to preserve its shape.

When it’s dry, trace a rectangle leaving a margin of about one inch (3 cm) all around it. Then, it’s time to cut along the lines with a craft knife. Remove a few pages and cut again. Try to keep the side as straight as you can, but do not worry about imperfections because they will be hidden under the fabric. Repeat until the compartment is deep enough.

Trace the rectangle that you will cut.
Trace the rectangle that you will cut.
Cut along the line.
Cut along the line.
Remove the pages.
Remove the pages.
The compartment is deep enough.
The compartment is deep enough.

Cut a piece of fabric large enough to cover the bottom and the sides of the cavity. Glue it inside. Do not worry about the fabric not fitting perfectly. You can simply trim the edges afterwards and add a border of electric tape for a nice finish.

Cut a piece of fabric slightly larger than the cavity.
Cut a piece of fabric slightly larger than the cavity.
Apply glue to the cavity surface.
Apply glue to the cavity surface.
Put in the fabric and trim the edges.
Put in the fabric and trim the edges.

All that’s left is filling the box with your precious belongings. It does not really matter what is in it. It’s a thrill just to know that something is hidden in that book. My kids stored some precious plastic jems in the secret book.

The secret book is completed and can hide precious plastic jems.
The secret book is completed and can hide precious plastic jems.

Challenge for YOU

Come on, make your own secret book. Tell us what you put in it in the comments.

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